Author Archives: robwork

About robwork

Programme manager with JISC eLearning team, working on Technology and Standards

Actionable Insights

Adam Cooper has released another in the CETIS Learning Analytics series. Vol 1, No 5. What is Analytics? Definition and Essential Characteristics It neatly focusses on the practical application of Analytics which it describes as: “…the process of developing actionable insights through problem definition and the application of statistical models and analysis against existing and/or … Read more

#JISCEL12 sticking the bits together

Simon Booth and Stephen Vickers are tireless champions of practical interoperability. I’ve had the great pleasure of watching their double act at events like Dev8ed. Dev8ed Interview: Stephen Vickers on Vimeo. The IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) specification is supported by all major VLE platforms (including Blackboard, Moodle, WebCT, Desire2Learn, and Sakai) and offers a … Read more

#JISCEL12 consumed by the machine?

Paul Glister coined the term “Digital Literacy” in 1997 to suggest a more active engagement with new media, emphasising it was about mastering “ideas, not keystrokes”. As we implement solutions in our institutions that require increasing levels of digitally literacy, we bump into the problem of “mainstreaming”. This is frequently envisaged as a technical process, … Read more

#JISCEL12 Making your mark

I’ve just finished a Skype call with Tony Toole who is preparing a presentation for Session 3 in the JISC Innovating e-Learning Activity week. Tony was the project manager for the JISC “SWANI” (Secure Work-Based Learning Administration through Networked Infrastructure). The Project successfully created a digitised document management system for the administration of Work Based … Read more

#JISCEL12 The Noble @Dr_Black

@stephenfry: The noble @Dr_Black has her @unbounders book on Bletchley Park out now. #BPark How the war was shortened… Original Message: “The noble Dr Black” has the ring of a first class Bond Villain, but in this case it’s Dr Sue Black, computer scientist, and friend of Bletchley Park. Bletchley Park was the centre … Read more

#JISCEL12 Black magic

I can remember doing a very brief demo of some Augmented reality technology at an RSC event in Birmingham, probably in 2003? The demo was from HITLabs NZ “Black Magic”, it involved printing out the big blocky fiduciary markers, aiming a web cam at them, and running a program in a terminal window. If you … Read more

#JISCEL12 solving more interesting problems

In planning the JISC innovating e-Learning Activity week Timeline session I encountered an issue that will be picked up in the first session of the main conference week: “Open Architectures”. We often say that we let the pedagogy lead our decisions, and whilst this is a noble aim, any decision on technology has an impact … Read more

#JISCEL12 The way of the future

The theme of this years JISC Online e-Learning conference is “shaping the future”, and it’s perhaps timely to look back and think that we’ve been running the conference for seven years and consider how far we’ve come. Would the conference delegates of 2005 think we’re living the dream, or still asking the same questions, and … Read more